UA playing cards: where'd they come from?

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  1. DAS02135
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    My girlfriend's dad gave me a couple decks of United playing cards. They look like they may be from the 80s. Any idea where they may have come from?
     
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    Airlines used to have them on board flights to give to passengers. I'm sure that's where they came from.
     
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    Most airlines used to stock playing cards onboard, as well as postcards, writing paper, envelopes, timetables and other various and sundry items. Some foreign carriers (LH, SQ, among others I believe) still do. Think of them as an alternative form of IFE. ;)
     
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    I know last year at Family Day (2010), UA was giving them out in the swag hall to try and get rid of them. I picked up a few decks there myself.
     
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    Yeah. I didn't see any this year though :(

    Man, if I knew then what I know now. I used to have playing cards that I was given onboard from Eastern Airlines, Delta, Northwest Orient.
     
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    I have (12) sets of these and won't be giving these away since these are SO hard to find these days.
     
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    For most of 2010 UA ran a spin-the-wheel giveaway thing at select airports to promote their 'opt for _'. Cards were one of the prizes and also something you could consistently get as an elite if your wheel ended up on something like priority boarding.
     
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    What do the packs look like?

    If red or blue with the tulip on them, you most likely have something that came from the 70s/early 80s (on the right below)
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    In the late 80s and 90s, all the packs became a light grey color, but maintaining the same styling as the pack on the right above, and I believe stayed that way until they were discontinued.
    There are a few different iterations from earlier eras as well, including the pack on the left above. I've also seen a red pack with "United Airlines" written in a very stylized/curlicue font. I'm sure there are others as well...
     
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    I have two of these each and (8) of the 2000s version with the UA new livery pre-merger.
     
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    I won 2 decks of cards and a bottle of water for playing the "opt for ..." spin-the-wheel game in Denver last year, but the cards were not the traditional ones; they seemed to be promotional for E+ or something related to the contest (not really sure because I didn't open them, but they definitely weren't the gray ones.)

    SQ as of a month ago still has cards if you ask, and sometimes LH gives them out to kids. We asked for a deck last time we flew with them, but they wouldn't give us one :(
     
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    I have an US/PI/DL/LH as part of my collection... It's always fun playing Texas Hold'Em Poker with the Vintage Airline Cards :D
     
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    Wow...what a blast from the past! I remember those. I really wish I had saved a deck or two myself from back in the day
     
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    One of the local antique store had a whole bunch of Airline cards last time I checked. Most going for about $5-15 dollars. Eastern, Pan Am, Delta, NW, AA, United, etc. Did not see any Southwest or International Carriers but I really was not looking hard.
     
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    I wonder if they still have any? Maybe a nice email and or letter directed at the right person at United might get a deck or two put in the mail in time for Christmas if they still have any. I bet now more than ever they are trying to get rid of anything branded with pre-merger designs.
     
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    I got a red box of cards from eBay, about two weeks ago. Bidding started and ended at .99 and shipping was $2

    Sent from my iPhone using milepoint
     
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    Mine don't have the slogan on them. They are the same on both sides (see below).

    Since they're still sealed, I'm a bit hesitant to open them.
    US playing cards.jpeg
     
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    Some airlines still do have them. I distinctly remember being given a couple decks of SQ playing cards on my SIN-Beijing flight.
     
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    Yep those look to be from the 70s or early 80s. Very nice!
     
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    Cool! I may have a deck of cards older than I am :)
     
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    I got (unsolicited) playing cards from CX last year for being an OW Emerald member.
     
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    I got a deck of cards on an Emirates flight I took last year. It was on the A380 and the FA gave them to me. Guess I looked bored... :)
     
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    The Grey scheme playing cards were early 90s. The Blue and Red decks are from the 80s. UNited still makes playing cards they just do not distribute them.:(
     

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